Post # 17
Mimsy — I think you make some good points re: contract and first come first serve….
I never made the claim that I had a contract with her, although my fiance and I were under the impression we were meeting to give her a deposit, which we had in hand. Hence our confusion and frustration.
My main complaint was the unprofessionalism — what professional cancels a meeting two and half hours before the scheduled time??? Particularly if there was a confirmation less than 36 hours prior?? And even if she was trying "not to pressure us", it’s ethical (i.e., good business practice) to let us know that there are other people vying for our date particularly AFTER confirming it was available — why the heck else would we schedule a meeting with her anyway, particularly on a holiday weekend???
In addition, we contacted her on 3/3 – she picked 3/22 to meet. That’s a healthy amount of time to give us the option to meet earlier to give her the deposit. Which again, we had in hand. Or to tell us that other people were interested in our date.
I’m not saying she’s a bad person, and she’s obviously a great photographer, I’m just saying that personally, I find her practices VERY unprofessional.
God, can you imagine if she decided to cancel two and a half hours before our wedding?!?!?!?!?
Vee, I’m sorry you had a similar experience. I hope you were able to find someone!
Post # 18
Looks to me like you are 7 months before your wedding date. I don’t know how many vendors you have left to book, but I would take this as a lesson. We booked our photographer 9 months before our date – they already had three requests for our day, one of which was actually from a family friend of the photographer. They had no deposits – so I wrote a check on the spot. From the vendors’ point of view, there are people out there with multiple possible dates, interviewing multiple vendors. When you are serious, you write a check.
From my point of view, with checkbook in hand, I absolutely know I want that vendor. If they kept me waiting in order to telephone three people who might want them but hadn’t apparently wanted them badly enough to put down a deposit, I would be pretty unhappy. Every vendor we have spoken with has made sure to tell us, as is appropriate, "I am still available on that date at this time. I will pencil you in as wanting that date." Probably they should go ahead and state clearly that they cannot guarantee availability without a deposit/contract, but I think that is understood – and it can come across as high pressure.
It sounds like you maybe just didn’t understand the demand for this particular photographer, but in the future if you really want someone, I think the lesson is to ask for an actual meeting as soon as you can reasonably schedule it, and bring your checkbook! Always assume that somebody else wants your date – because they probably do. I agree that the photographers’ message could have been a little more user friendly – maybe she could have told you she was sorry to inform you she had a customer who had already put down a deposit for your requested date, and let you know she would still be happy meet with you should you want to consider another date.
Post # 19
The worst part is I DID ask for a date to sit down immediately! Boo…
Oh well, lesson learned for the next round!!
Post # 20
Oh dear. Well that is frustrating and makes you wonder… I am a sort of impatient person – who thinks that my vendors can at least pretend to be as interested as I am. I have made my Fiance a little crazy by writing off a couple of vendors without ever seeing them in person just because they couldn’t seem to schedule an appointment in a reasonable amount of time, and in one case because I thought they kept taking too long to call me back. I do hope that you find some really good people, who are fabulously fun to work with and to whom your actual wedding, and your happiness (not just your money) is important.
Post # 21
I’m using Duane Peck at DigitalStudios.org, he and Kristi Klemens used to be partners, but she has moved to Newport so they seperated their business.
Both are great photographers with similar styles and package offers. I went with Duane because he is based in Studio City which is closer to my Malibu wedding. Kristi had my date available as well, but she charges a travel fee beyond a certain point and I didn’t find it worth it to pay a travel fee when I could have someone closer.
Post # 22
I feel insanely lucky to have booked Sarah from SarahKChen.com… she’s fantastic and fabulous and pretty much fully booked for 2008. You better hustle!
Post # 23
I have two terrific photographers: Alyssa Nicol Elias of Alyssa Nicol Photography (alyssanicol.com) and Craig Havens of Magnolia Weddings (magnoliaweddings.com)